This novel is much different than Draper’s other works. It is set during slavery and follows one girl from her capture in Africa through her experiences with slavery here in America. It is clear that Draper did a great deal of research to write this book. The main character is 15 years old. Due to discussion of rape I wouldn’t use it as a classroom read before 9th grade. I think it could be used in conjunction with a history unit on slavery.
Draper has a TON of resources to use with this book in a classroom setting on her website. I have not used this book so I cannot completely vouch for the, however Draper is an English teacher and so her resources seem to be very useful.
ALA Best Books for Young Adults Nominee
CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
Coretta Scott King Award (ALA)
Florida Teens Read Master List
Georgia Peach Book Award Master List
Heartland Award for Excellence in YA Literature (Writing Conference, Inc.) (KS)
Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Master List (KS)
IRA Notable Books for a Global Society
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominee
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
Thumbs Up! Award Master List (MI)
Virginia Readers’ Choice Award Master List
Volunteer State Book Award Master List (TN)